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August 22nd may very well be Fluffy’s least favorite day of the year: it’s Take Your Cat To The Vet Day! It’s probably safe to say that most cats would much rather just curl up for another nap. However, kitties both look and feel better with proper care. Read on as a Cornelius, NC vet offers some tips on bringing your furry pal in.
We recommend that all cats be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and kept current on vaccines and parasite control. Regular exams are also important. How often your feline buddy needs to come in will depend on her age, weight, health, and lifestyle. An outdoor kitty will need more frequent visits than a furball who stays indoors, while a kitten will need to come in more than an adult. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.
In between appointments, watch for signs of trouble. Some common ones are vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, withdrawal, lethargy, fever, respiratory problems, unkempt fur, and bad breath. Litterbox issues are another red flag. Uncharacteristic behavior or vocalizations can also be a warning sign. If you do notice anything unusual, call your vet right away. Cats tend to try and mask signs of sickness, so you may not notice anything wrong until Fluffy is very sick!
We probably don’t have to tell you that most cats are not particularly fond of car rides. In fact, many of our feline patients get more distressed over the trip than the actual appointment. We do everything we can to make appointments easy on our patients. There are also a few things you can do to make the process easier on your kitty. Putting comfy bedding and some new toys in the carrier will help. We also recommend playing a radio softly and keeping the window cracked for fresh air flow.
Even if your furball cries all the way to the doctor and all the way back, she’ll probably calm down very quickly once you get home again. Give Fluffy something special to get her motor restarted. A new toy or a yummy treat should do it. You can also offer your kitty a cardboard box or paper grocery bag.
Do you need to make an appointment for your cat? Contact us, your Cornelius, NC vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!